The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group in a $600 million privately financed project to renovate the facility, formerly the home of the NBA's SuperSonics.
The cost of the team would be $650 million, and Commissioner Bettman said the National Hockey League is looking at only Seattle for possible expansion. The expansion fee will be $650 million.
The renovations are expected to be finished by 2020, putting a benchmark on the approximate date for when we could see a hockey team in Seattle.
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OK, the Sonics aren't coming back (just yet), but Seattle moved a step closer to giving hockey geeks (raise your hand - are you out there?) a reason to celebrate on Thursday when the NHL announced how it feels about an expansion franchise in the city.
Las Vegas had conducted a season-ticket drive in its bid to land an NHL team, and the league eventually approved the application.
Also at Thursday's board of governors meeting, Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr. The Knights have been a great boost for the league, as they've started the season better than any expansion team in NHL history, and are vying for the top spot in the Pacific Conference with the L.A Kings.
OVG CEO Tim Leiweke says his group will work to get a team to join the WNBA's Seattle Storm at KeyArena.
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